I'm excited to write this post! Not only because I Iove Fobia's music, but also due to the fact that I recently watched the Break it All: The History of Rock in Latin America documentary on Netflix. You can't talk about rock in Latin America without mentioning Fobia in the 90's. In fact, Leonardo (lead vocalist of Fobia) actually makes a few cameos in it!
Doing an MTV Unplugged is an honor for many reasons. Amazing bands like Maná, Café Tacvba, La Ley, Zoé and many more have graced the "Unplugged stage". The best part of the Unplugged is that it gives bands an opportunity to present their music in a fresh and acoustic manner.
Fobia is an iconic Mexican band whose career spans over thirty years. It's made up of Paco Huidobro, Jay de la Cueva, Leonardo de Loza, Iñaki, and CHA!. Songs featured in the set list include: "El Microbito", "Hipnotízame", and "2 corazones". Fobia's MTV Unplugged was recorded at the Frontón in México City. As one would expect with an Unplugged recording, Fobia takes us on a journey through their musical trajectory with a new, laid back, and modern take on their best songs.
The set starts with Pesadilla. A great song whose lyrics, in part, say "Esta mañana tuve un sueño. En que salvaba al mundo. Esta mañana tuve un sueño. En que podía volar." Immediately capturing one's attention (besides the lyrics) is Leonardo's vocals, which have not aged a bit. They sound strong yet soft and mature. The band definitely still has their spark!
The Unplugged then goes into another Fobia classic "Hoy Tengo Miedo". This song and Microbito (last track) were my favorite growing up. That being said, I very much enjoyed these stripped down versions. They keep the essence and "energy" of the original. That can also be said of the other songs.
This whole MTV Unplugged is fantastic! The piano and acoustic guitar are indeed a main feature throughout. Yet it's the synths and "magical" sounds heard either at the beginning, middle, or end of the songs that makes this experience so cohesive in sound and "vibe". It's sweet and addictive and you want to keep listening over and over again.
Overall this Unplugged is a whimsical journey through Fobia's repertoire of hits. It's a fresh take on Fobia's classics. It's something new to listen to. It's an escape to a private concert in a time where concerts can't take place.
Fobia's MTV Unplugged tracklist:
2. Hoy Tengo Miedo
3. 200 Sábados
4. Mi Pequeño Corazón
5. No Soy Un Buen Perdedor
6. Caminitos Hacia El Cosmos
7. 2 Corazones
10. Veneno Vil
11. El Diablo
12. No Eres Yo
13. El Microbito
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